3 days ago

Updated 56 min ago

Lost dog

Need help, lost dog last night 2/15/18 near Ainslie and Talman. If you see her, please call 319-389-7722. She is shy, so please do not attempt to catch her as this may scare her further away

9 hours ago

Need garage space to rent

My name is Ross I'm looking for the right space to rent for my antique car and motorcycle. 331-980-7777 . Please need space please I graduate from Amundsen high school in 89

14 hours ago

Gunshots

someone else heard some gunshots around 12.30 am by central park and Leland

Jan 27

Updated 28 hours ago

Building management

Hey neighbors, wondering who uses a building management company (we are less than ten units in our condo building) and if you recommend their services? Do they save you time and or money? Also, does anyone know of a service company that can do a once or twice a year building punchlist - walking the building to make sure things like emergency lights aren't burned out, fire extinguishers are current, etc?

  • We switched to good steward building management and they’re amazing. Wish we had done it sooner.

  • Hi, my name is Brian with Superior Property Management. Our company has specialized in the management of small condominium associations since 1985. Our website address is: www.superiorcandm.com which contains information on the services we provide. Please send me an email at: bksupcm@gmail.com with your property address and how many apts your association has, so we can prepare a management proposal for your association that your owners can review. Hope to hear back from you soon !!

3 days ago

Half-Staffing of the US Flag: Honoring the Fallen - Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from
Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of:

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency's personnel from:

Sunrise: Thursday, February 15, 2018 until
Sunset: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See picture)

3 days ago

Half-staffing of the United States Flag honoring the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby...

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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See picture)

Feb 11

Updated 4 days ago

Saving Parking Spaces

Yesterday I saw pretty many spaces saved on several blocks. The snow wasn't that bad that you had a lot of shoveling to pull a car out. This really needs to be addressed. I personally think it's really ignorant thing to do.

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are...

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    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are typically vacant during the day which is when area businesses need them the most. I'm sure many on this thread will admit they reduce or eliminate non-essential driving when parking becomes limited. So that single selfish act of saving a spot multiplied by thousands of others can equal real economic pain for area businesses. So you had to expel a little effort to dig your car out caused by an act of nature. Get over it. Just like homeownership, car ownership has responsibilities too. You want to own and use a car? Shovel it out. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. Stop acting entitled. Continued on next post…

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who...

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    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who say that saving spots is no big deal, there are worse problems in the world. Yes, sadly there are. There are no words for the violence and mayhem that occurs in this City and elsewhere on a regular basis. That doesn't justify un-neighborly behavior. What a great message for our children. "It's OK little Johnny to lay claim to City property for upwards of a couple weeks a year by using an implied threat of violence and/or vandalism, there are worse problems in the world." By such logic I guess shoplifting should be tolerated because car-jacking is worse. Where does it end?? It doesn't. Removed entitlement turns into real violence, vandalism, or even a mother who was so pissed off that she shoveled snow onto a car that took her space. As we've hopefully learned, it might not have even been that person's fault. Maybe her dibs holder had been removed by someone else hours ago.

    Ultimately, we're never going to agree on this topic. So might I make a neutral suggestion instead. On the next material snowfall, everyone who is of able-body goes out and shovels a spot on the street that is not their own. Preferably for someone who really needs the help. Maybe we help create a new better tradition whereby a red ribbon on a stick means that neighbor needs help getting their car out. Who knows, maybe it will catch on and encourage others. Small acts of kindness. Less acts of selfishness. Diminished acts of violence and retaliation.

4 days ago

  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW 3-STORY, 6 D.U., 3B MASONRY & FRAME RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH BASEMENT, NEW 6-CAR PRIVATE FRAME GARAGE, (1) OUTDOOR PARKING SPACE, MASONRY TRASH ENCLOSURE, PER PLAN (CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS)

    4845 N. Keystone Ave. Issued February 13, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    CHANGE THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR, PLUMBING AND HVAC CONTRACTORS ON PERMIT 100741197.

    4830 N. Pulaski Rd. Issued February 13, 2018 Comment

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Feb 10

Updated 5 days ago

Why is Dibs a thing ?

Why is it so that is now an unwritten rule that people can put their furniture to reserve public property ? We all know that we can't all do that, and it's always the same people, the folks that feel like they are entitled to things. We got like 1 foot of snow, nobody has shoveled the street, all the spots are their due to cars that were there during the snowfall, yet immediately 5-6 spots had furniture on them....

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Why is it so that is now an unwritten rule that people can put their furniture to reserve public property ? We all know that we can't all do that, and it's always the same people, the folks that feel like they are entitled to things. We got like 1 foot of snow, nobody has shoveled the street, all the spots are their due to cars that were there during the snowfall, yet immediately 5-6 spots had furniture on them.
It amazes me that some people think that only because they put a chair on the street I will park a block away from my house when I get back from work. This might've been an OK practice back in the day when most people had decent values, but nowadays you only get the douche-bags in society abuse these thoughtless, unwritten rules.
I don't understand why the city can't start enforcing the actual regulations and toss furniture off public property and issue litter tickets to people that won't comply.
And yes, I can kinda understand it if we got the same blizzard as several years ago, but for 1 foot of snow...seriously ? Just park like the rest of your neighbors and if you have to shovel for 5 min - big deal...

5 days ago

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Feb 11

Updated 6 days ago

Dibs

Well here's the thing I am 65 shoveled out my spot and have one car not 5 or 6 like many so I think it only fair the city does give you a warning and th garbage men will pick up stuff on the street after a resonable amount of time I do have a garage but no way I could get through the alley I would rather be in the garage so I did not also have to clean off my car plus I ran my snow blower down my whole block so my parking spot is my reward

  • i know what you mean about the alley, the ruts are so bad people are always getting stuck, plus there is no where to put the snow, esp. if you are in the middle of the block.
    You think the city could eventually go plow thru the alley in snow storms over 8".

  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    The city says no plowing of alleys, because doing so would collapse garage doors! Just hire someone with a backhoe and open trailer and have them haul the snow out of there.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 12

Snowblowing

I'd like to thank the person who came down Central Park with a snowblower. We are old, as is our neighbor...this act of kindness is really appreciated.

  • jeanniederman Retiree in Bville

    I think "me" wasn't venting as much as pointing out that it would be nice if more than one neighbor said "Thank you". I also snow throw my block, part of the alley and the block behind me. I do this because it's the right thing to do ( especially for postal carriers) and it makes walking my dogs easier. Jane I do agree with you about the karma but a thanks from folks is always nice.

  • Me

    @JaneSpec... I’m perfectly fine and don’t need to simmer down. Just trying to give you some perspective as to why an entire block might not be cleaned.

Feb 10

Updated Feb 11

Electrician

I would like a recommendation for an electrician.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Put down the shovel, your heart may thank you for it says Chicago cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen

The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart...

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The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart disease.” Shoveling, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate while the cold air constricts blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the heart. Together, these two factors can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack. Those who have suffered a prior heart attack, smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol have an increased risk.

Dr. Cohen advises against shoveling if you have a history of heart disease. If you must shovel, check out these tips from for safe, heart healthy shoveling.

• Talk to your doctor and make sure it’s safe for you to shovel
• Wait to shovel at least 30 minutes after waking up
• Warm up muscles before shoveling by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
• Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling
• Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before or one hour after shoveling
• Only shovel fresh, powdery snow
• Push snow instead of lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel and lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Work slowly and take frequent, 15-minute breaks
• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
• Dress in layers and make sure your head, neck and mouth are covered
• Watch for signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness or burning in chest/neck/arms/back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911.

  • Thank you for this. I have heart disease, and had double bypass surgery. Dr. Cohen is my cardiologist. He is a great man who saved my life. Please be careful shoveling snow.

  • fwiw, a Feldenkrais practitioner we know enjoys and recommends Petra Kolber's "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS" for low-impact aerobic conditioning (search "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS DVD Petra Kolber" ).

    Jose, many post-bypass people don't recover their confidence, which can impede their fullest possible recovery. Sounds like Dr Cohen offers prudent guidance and influences his patients towards a positive outcome and quality of life post surgery. If I ever need a cardiologist, he's certainly one I'd consult with.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 11

Garage Break In

Just wanted to let everyone know that my garage and car were broken into last night 4700 block of Hamlin. I followed the snow prints and it looked like they case a couple of my neighbors too.

Got some cash and a credit card where he went to McDonald's and Walgreens before I was alerted.

Filed police report but let's be on the lookout.

Don't want to sound like one of those people but some guys knocked on my door Sunday to offer shoveling. Coincidence?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Most of the murders and victims of murders in this city are in the african american community. How many of them do you suppose are here illegally? It's a mistake to believe that illegal immigration causes a significant spike in crime. It has nothing either to do with political affiliation. NYC has a very liberal democratic Mayor, and the state a very liberal, democratic governor, yet they have fewer murders then us, a lower crime rate, more illegal immigrants, and four times our population.

  • George F I question your numbers when comparing NY to Chicago, sounds very unlikely. Even TV depicts people commonly getting beat up in NY going way back. Sometimes TV can show a remblance of reality. Yes, I know that commonly takes place here too. What has become of civilization?

Feb 11

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Still Missing - REWARD OFFERED

We are heartbroken because our little Luna is still missing. We are offering a $1,000 reward to whoever helps us find her. Please keep an eye out for her and share this with other neighbors. Thank you!!

Feb 10

Feb 08

Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

Lost Grey Cat.

$500 reward. I lost a medium sized grey cat named Bruce. He has a bit of a belly pooch. Any help, even if just sightings is greatly apprected. Please contact me at 920-445-1466

Jan 10

Updated Feb 04

Litterbugs!

I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to...

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I was just coming down Pulaski from Foster and saw someone allow a child to throw a half- drunk(en?) punch bottle. When I pulled up next to them, they took off as if they knew they were wrong. The reason I say that is because even though it is a bit warmer, someone in an SUV (Grey Nissan Mirano, I think) would know if the window was opened. People, this is the problem: if we don't teach our children to do better, how can we expect better from them? Just bothers me because I pick up trash in front of my house and neighbors, shovel snow, etc, and don't feel that anyone realizes they are in a 'neighborhood' any longer. When did this blatant disregard for others start?

  • Cleaning after others? Endlessly enabling other people's indolence in multiple equally dysfunctional iterations? Modern sysiphus. Greek mythology does not get old over here. Does it?

  • It's not just up to a few to take care of where they live. Yes I notice when I walk around there are blocks with less trash and no broken sidewalks and no pot holes. Then there are other blocks where there is trash, potholes, broken sidewalks. Why is that?

Feb 01

Updated Feb 03

LOST CAT

Hello everybody, our cat Luna went missing on Sunday 1/28/18 and we are asking for your help to get our little baby back home. It's so cold out, so we are really concerned about her wellbeing since she is an indoor kitty. She is cream with a dark face, ears, paws and, tale and was last seen on Wednesday 1/31/18 on Ainslie and Ridgeway. She is very shy so if you see her please give us a call at anytime 312-203-0671 or 312-848-5235
We miss her terribly and pray for her safe and fast return home.
Thank you for your help!!

  • If you call treehouse you can see if they have any colony caretakers that have seen her, or if they can help to catch her.

  • Hi everybody, thank you all for your support. We have been in touch with Paws, Treehouse, CACC and multiple other rescues and have also reported her missing on different sites including Nextdoor and Lost Cats of Illinois. We have talked to colony caretakers and you probably have seen some of the fliers we have handed out. We are doing everything we can to get her back. We ask if you would please keep an eye out for her!!

Feb 03

Jan 30

Updated Feb 02

Sewer cleanout in the front of the house?

Hi, has anyone here recently had a sewer cleanout installed in the front yard recently? If so, which company you used, how much it cost and would you recommend them? Trying to defeat roots in the line and with a clean out, it will give better access than Rodding from backyard catch basin. Thanks in advance. The tree was cut down last year but it will be a while before roots die off.

Feb 02

Jan 29

Updated Feb 01

When are these coming to Albany Park?

Reverse vending machines are getting very popular all over the world. We need a bunch of those in Albany Park. Don't we? I'm sure we don't have the kind of legislation that facilitates this kind of system but can we come up with some kind of local business idea to make something like this happen? Come on enterpreneurs. Help us out!!! 😃♥️ https://youtu.be/5pyNps1fhec

    smart way to recycle bottles in Germany.AVI
    https://www.youtube.com/
  • Shawn60625 Proud dad and LS resident

    They make these machines for glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans (all separate machines). The plastic and aluminum types shred the material into a mulch, and the glass bottle ones just collect them whole. Since, in general, more non-glass containers are brought in, the emptying of the bins follows...

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    They make these machines for glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans (all separate machines). The plastic and aluminum types shred the material into a mulch, and the glass bottle ones just collect them whole. Since, in general, more non-glass containers are brought in, the emptying of the bins follows a relatively close schedule. These are in every grocery store, and some of the big liquor stores even, in new England where bottle deposits are prevalent. They do require frequent emptying, but I would say they encourage recycling. I grew up in the northeast, and it seems like recycling is second nature there. I was a little surprised when I moved to Chicago and witnessed relatively common disregard for it. Programs like this work.

  • future alderman future alderman

    so many people with illinois plates on them michigan had to put a daily limit on it

Jan 28

Updated Feb 01

Drone flying over my house and yard yesterday.

I was quite mad as if this drone lingered while I was in my yard. What are the laws about drones flying over private property and if they have a camera invading your privacy of your home? Luckily it didn't crash into the tree in my yard.

  • This happened on Sunday afternoon. The drone was white. It flew over my house and over my yard from the East and continued to the west. Aren't there some rules about going over private property?

  • Next time call the police right away, all drones are camera equipped and anyone can own one, although it can be something as innocent as a neighbor having fun with a new toy, it can also be a peeping Tom or a thief casing your house, just never know. If it makes you feel watched or uncomfortable call it. If it's lingering or hovering too low into your yard, the chances of being watched increase. A good slink shot will do the trick.

Feb 01

Jan 31

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SECOND FLOOR FRAME ADDITION W/ INTERIOR REMODELING OF EXISTING 1 1/2 WITH BASEMENT MASONRY SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE W/ REAR DECK REPLACEMENT AS PER PLANS.

    4952 N. Keeler Ave. Issued January 29, 2018 Comment

Jan 31

Jan 25

Updated Jan 30

Gunshots

Location: Argyle and Hamlin.

Did anyone else hear the gunshots last night at 7:20? We, and some other neighbors, called police, but I was curious if anyone saw/heard anything.

  • John Connorski: good for you! You have a sense of humor and are proud to be Polish.....that's not racist.
    Marigoldski

  • Dobro robota cullegas

Jan 29

Looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside & Albany

Hi neighbors, I'm looking to rent a parking space near Sunnyside and Albany, or anywhere east of Kedzie really. Garage or uncovered--doesn't matter to me. Reply here or direct message me if you have a spot that you are looking to rent out. Thanks!

Jan 27

Updated Jan 29

Residential Parking

Hello, neighbors! My block (4700 N Lawndale) does not have permit parking but many of the surrounding blocks do. Does anyone know if I can purchase permit parking stickers from the city clerk even if my block isn't permit parking? Many times I pass dozens of open permit parking spots as I drive around for an eternity trying to find a free spot.
If I cannot purchase them, would any of my friendly neighbors be willing to sell me some??
Thanks! :)

  • Cheryl, agreed. It is about people in a neighborhood (zone) being allowed to park in their neighborhood, not a particular street. In Lincoln Park, a zone covers several streets. Lucy is definitely missing the whole point. Also, the fact that her street is zoned is probably forcing more parkers onto Tula's street. Everyone should look at the big picture.

  • Thank you all! I contacted the alderman's office and they told me to first go to the city clerk to get the process started. I appreciate all the supportive neighbors out there! :)

Jan 29

Jan 26

Updated Jan 28

lost dog

our little white fluffy poodle-mix got out of the yard - she was seen running on wilson towards western. she has a flower collar on - her name is hattie. please please call if you see her. 773.616.3522

Jan 27

Updated Jan 28

Community Networks

I was just curious if Albany Park or closely surrounding areas have something like the following available?

https://communitytechnology.github.io/docs/cck/index.html

It seems like a good way to circumvent net neutrality ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzy5vRmN8Q ) issues and provide a necessary/needed service to local communities.

Like they're doing in Detroit:
http://detroitcommunitytech.org/?q=story

If anyone has any information they can provide on local community wireless network initiatives, please speak up. Thank you.

    Neighborhood Network Construction Kit
    Community Technology Field Guide: (Re)Building Technology
    http://communitytechnology.github.io
  • Damian R Neighborhood Geek

    I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area, but it’s interesting, and something I’ve thought about trying to do on a smaller scale, perhaps only for my block.

    It ultimately wouldn’t circumvent any net neutrality issues, as you still need to go through an available ISP at some...

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    I haven’t heard of anything like this in the area, but it’s interesting, and something I’ve thought about trying to do on a smaller scale, perhaps only for my block.

    It ultimately wouldn’t circumvent any net neutrality issues, as you still need to go through an available ISP at some point, and those choices are limited, but after the buildout costs, it may be helpful in providing lower cost internet. I have limited experience with outdoor setups however, and I’m curious what kind of performance hit a modern WiFi mesh network will take in a good rainstorm. WiFi and water don’t play well together. While not an issue for an outdoor venue, where people would be less likely to be using it in the rain, if it were my primary home internet, it would be pretty lousy if speeds suffered every time it rained. Chicago building/construction codes might also be an obstacle.

    All that and the tiny voice in my head still saying “you don’t want to be an ISP”!

Jun 13

Updated Jan 28

Parking Spaces for Rent?

Hey Everyone,

My Fiance and I just moved to Albany Park (Sunnyside and Drake) and parking is a nightmare. It has been taking 20+ minutes on average to find a parking spot every night. I'm looking for 1 or 2 parking spaces for rent that are close to our location.

  • future alderman future alderman

    mell has plenty of political enemies-tell one of then

  • Yeah the old dirty truck is gone from Kimball and the van with no plates or sticker is gone from Belle Plaine . Now there are 2 more open spots to park in. Hopefully the van that has been sitting on Belle Plaine will be gone too. Counted at least 5 cars without city stickers on my walk over to the Jewel.

Jan 24

Updated Jan 25

Craft Beaver on Montrose is closing

Craft Beaver on Montrose is closing.

http://mailchi.mp/craftybeaver/paint-clearance-at-montrose-store?e=c6d90ff333

Wasn't some kind of building construction proposed for this location?

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  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    I guess the Beav isn't that crafty anymore? Any word on how Wally is doing, what about Eddie Haskell?

  • HarleyGrrl Why YES! People actually DO live on Clark St!

    as long as the one on Lawrence stays open - prefer them to any big box!

Jan 15

Updated Jan 25

Fence Builders

Hi Friends! Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a fence builder? We are looking to build a horizontal fence in backyard as well as our front yard. Any recommendations are appreciated!

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Katie and Kodi, both valid. Katie your friend should respond to those reviews-he can do that easily. Most people read the reviews and responses and tell if the customer is just a crazy person who cannot be pleased, or if there is a legitimate issue. And the way a business...

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    Katie and Kodi, both valid. Katie your friend should respond to those reviews-he can do that easily. Most people read the reviews and responses and tell if the customer is just a crazy person who cannot be pleased, or if there is a legitimate issue. And the way a business owner responds is huge. Sometimes jobs go bad and it is how those situations are handled by the business owner that reflect on how the company will deal with issues. I have had better luck with Angie's contractors than by anyone else, and that includes direct referrals. My friend referred a tuck pointer to me, who left a huge mess and globs of mortar all over my sidewalk and grass. And the job looked sloppy. I had an Angie's list tuck pointer come straighten things out.

  • JoeFlatwoods Love my Albany Park Neighborhood

    Also as far as not getting the bad reviews off, my electrician actually mentioned he had that issue on Angies List. He complained about it, and what he said Angies List does is reach out to the complainer. They then give it one week. If the complainer does not respond,...

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    Also as far as not getting the bad reviews off, my electrician actually mentioned he had that issue on Angies List. He complained about it, and what he said Angies List does is reach out to the complainer. They then give it one week. If the complainer does not respond, the review is removed. If the complainer insists they have the right company, then the review stays. He also said that companies such as his, which have a lot of reviews on Angies List, tend to deliver much better customer service for fear of getting a bad review. Since the Yellow Pages is pretty much a thing of the past, most contractors that are larger than a mom and pop size operation, rely heavily on reviews to stay busy. Google, Angies, Yelp, etc. Also be cautious of awards-for example Chicago's Best is an award that a contractor buys, according to another electrician who is a personal friend!

Jan 17

Updated Jan 23

Parked car in driveway?

I have a question about parking a car in my driveway. My inlaws are going south for the next month or so and have left their vehicle in our driveway. It will mostly remained parked there -- we don't plan on using it much if at all. Do I need to purchase a city sticker for it? It has current IL plates but is registered in a suburb.

  • K in North Center longtime North Side resident

    Bob -- I'm all for reducing expenses; my family has only one car because we walk/bike or use public transit most of the time. But telling Sami
    that she doesn't need a car is a bit presumptuous.

    If you have kids -- especially little ones -- you've got to know...

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    Bob -- I'm all for reducing expenses; my family has only one car because we walk/bike or use public transit most of the time. But telling Sami
    that she doesn't need a car is a bit presumptuous.

    If you have kids -- especially little ones -- you've got to know how incredibly difficult it is to get along without a car, even in the city. If you have a child who suddenly spikes a high fever and the doctor says "Bring in her in right away!" you're not going to take her on a Divvy. You also don't want to take the time to get to a place with a Zipcar, and getting a car seat (or multiple car seats) in and out of a Lyft or Uber can be a Herculean task. Taking them on public transit then exposes everyone else to germs, as well, and can take twice as long as driving. You're also assuming that she (or her kids) are not disabled in any way.

    Sami -- I applaud you for doing your best to advance your education. My mom was a single mom, and as an adult I now marvel at how she did it. Being a single parent is exhausting, and the deck often appears to be stacked against you -- especially when you are trying to do everything by the book but you just can't manage it all. Luckily my mom was good at negotiating and was able to arrange payment plans for things like doctor bills, and she eventually paid everything off. But sometimes it was $10 a month for those big bills, and I'm sure there were times when she didn't know how she was going to pay the rent.

    So please hang in there.

  • Sami Mom of 3

    K,
    I appreciate your kind words. I do the best I can given any situation. It doesn't come easy but the results are rewarding. Going back to school and getting my degree was the best choice I could have made. I want to build a better future for myself and my children and be able to show them that you can make the most of things even when times are hard. Thank you.

Jan 20

Updated Jan 23

  • Sorry to distract you all from this fun little tangent (lol), but I thought you would like to know the police found grandma's car.

  • Kodi&chloe

    Please explain Phil. Are you saying that if i witness a tragic / fatal car accident, or shooting, or suicide I will become a vegan or atheist? How does that occur?

Jan 19

Updated Jan 23

    2 people wounded in Albany Park shooting
    Two people were wounded in an Albany Park neighborhood shooting Wednesday evening on the Northwest Side. The 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old man were in the 4600 block of North Central Park Avenue at 6:50 p.m. when they heard shots and felt pain, according to Chicago Police.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • future alderman future alderman

    i appreciate spammy's picking apart of comments. since most people consider EB "an official news source" accuracy is important

  • I'm eating popcorn while reading this very interesting thread. It adds to the overall experience.

    I agree that calling 911 is important when suspicion is truly warranted. The details you give may add to a larger narrative being discussed by police officers at the station.

Jan 17

Updated Jan 22

Unity in Community Supporting the 2018 Chicago Women's March- Northwest Neighbors Looking to Go?

Greetings My Neighbors!

Following an outstanding 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner Northwest this last Monday, double the size of our Inaugural 2017 Dinner and with a whole bunch of new Northwest neighbors joining us, Unity in Community now turns its attention to our first supported activity of 2018: The Chicago Women's March to be held on Saturday, January 20. Kick-off is at 11 AM but with the crowds expected you've got to get down there much earlier. Men of all...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

Following an outstanding 2nd Annual MLK Day Dinner Northwest this last Monday, double the size of our Inaugural 2017 Dinner and with a whole bunch of new Northwest neighbors joining us, Unity in Community now turns its attention to our first supported activity of 2018: The Chicago Women's March to be held on Saturday, January 20. Kick-off is at 11 AM but with the crowds expected you've got to get down there much earlier. Men of all ages are entirely welcome to attend.

Unity in Community leader Nancy Kerstein will be carrying our Unity in Community Northwest Area - city and surburbs - banner during the march. Community members interested in going should let us know either via this post or email us at Jac.Charlier@gmail.com. We'll connect up as a Northwest grouping (if you are not attending with another group already). More info is here: http://womens121marchonchicago.org/

Unity in Community is a citizen-led initiative creating an open civic space in our Northwest Area for civil conversation and shared action about race, gender, and diversity. Want more info? Contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com. We are on Facebook too.

  • Phill "Obama wants to know everything"

    Why are comments being deleted?
    robin in WRP writes "What about Tax paying citizens, brought here as small children, being forcibly removed from the country the call home and sent to a country where they have no ties?"
    She made a mistake there. Those aren't citizens, their legal status is "Illegal Alien".
    Not "off topic". Thanks.

  • @Phil: Right on! Is EveryBlock becoming part of the Fake News network? If a comment does not conform to their agenda it's deleted? Of course I suspect no one will see this because it also will be deleted. We'll see.

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